Nicole Woods is awarded a 2019 Arts Writers Grant

Department: Art History

Post Date: December 17, 2019

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Nicole Woods is one of nineteen grantees awarded a 2019 Arts Writers Grant for her article ”Acid Visions: Bob Thompson, Abstract Figurative Painting, and the American Neo-Avant-Garde”

In its 2019 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant Program has awarded a total of $680,000 to 19 writers. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in four categories—articles, blogs, books and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to critical reviews, and self-published blogs.

“The terrific range of project proposals we received this year speaks to the mobile and porous boundaries of contemporary art practice and the richly inventive ways in which writers are approaching art today,” says Program Director, Pradeep Dalal. “Concerns with gender and race remain urgent: Ari Heinrich will use interdisciplinary methods to look at how trans artists like Jes Fan use biochemical agents like melanin and estrogen as artistic mediums; Jillian Steinhauer will probe the many facets of late-life success and attention that older women artists like Lorraine O’Grady, Mary Beth Edelson, and Cecilia Vicuña are receiving; Patricia Failing will resurrect the seminal yet forgotten curatorial and activist practice of Henri Ghent, the founding director of The Brooklyn Museum’s Community Art Gallery; and Mimi Wong will focus on the imprecise ways artists of Asian descent are too often lumped together by proposing alternative interpretive frames that exist outside of Western formulations. This snapshot only partially represents this year’s remarkable pool of 19 new grantees. We are pleased to say that the program now has provided support to over 290 arts writers, with funds totaling $8.6 million.”